Sisters Sharon and Stephanie Vollrath understand the importance of being part of the community and serving its residents. Their attitude and occupation is quite fitting for a surname that in German means “the people’s counsel.”
“It fits how we practice,” says Stephanie, the owner of Oviedo-based Vollrath Law, offering quality legal services with a hands-on approach. “It’s how we treat people.”
In March, the sisters, both longtime residents of Central Florida, celebrated the second anniversary at their West Broadway Street location, and the reception from residents and businesses has been magnificent.
“We are so happy to be part of this community,” says Sharon, noting that Vollrath Law is quite involved with the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and that both sisters enjoy attending area events. Stephanie is also active with the Julie Eason Smith 5K that awards scholarships to young women graduating high school in the area.
The five-person staff at the Vollrath Law firm offers estate planning, family law, and real-estate representation. With a background in the accounting and investment industries, Stephanie specializes in estate planning and probate, which includes wills and trusts.
“Everyone needs to think about estate planning,” Stephanie says. “Life is uncertain. People should prepare now and not wait until retirement age.” She adds that estate planning is important for families of all income levels, and free consultations are available to help every potential client understand what is necessary for a complete estate plan.
Sharon handles real-estate matters, mostly residential, and also focuses on family law, which includes divorce and child support.
“Clients trust me in a rough time in their life,” she says.
For Stephanie, who lives in Winter Springs, and Sharon, a Casselberry resident, this is also a story about discovery. Originally from San Francisco, the sisters moved here more than 25 years ago. Stephanie worked as an accountant and a licensed investment advisor. Sharon, a muralist, was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. After finding success and raising their kids, they decided to fulfill their dreams of becoming lawyers.
Stephanie was the first to make the leap, graduating as valedictorian from Barry University School of Law. After a judicial clerkship, she opened a practice in downtown Orlando. After Sharon finished at Barry, the two set up shop together in Oviedo-Winter Springs, close to their homes and families.
“We have wonderful, trusting relationships with our clients,” says Stephanie. “Trust is important. You must be comfortable with your attorney, and we offer a warm and comfortable experience. We’re proud to be the people’s counsel.”